January 6, 2014
On Staying Inspired
I was telling a friend the other day that I’m getting a little burnt out on mining the internet for creative inspiration. Don’t get me wrong—I can still spend hours pouring over beautiful images and inspiring quotes, but I’ve noticed that more and more of the work I see out there feels so similar now. I’ll see a gorgeous branding job and then a month later three more that feel extremely similar pop up in my online wanderings.
As a designer, it’s really hard to avoid, especially when it’s protocol these days to have a Pinterest board with a client that often contains other designer’s branding on the board. If that’s what the client wants, how do you put your own fresh spin on it? I strongly believe in looking to other great design work to get excited about a new project of your own, but I also wonder at what point that becomes more detrimental and less helpful to the creative process.
For the new blog layout, I knew I wanted a watercolor texture. I typically buy textures on iStock but I wanted to try my hand at my own. I’ve never been much of an artist so I wasn’t sure how this would go, but it was so fun to buy this beautiful tiny tube of perfect rose watercolor and make the color and texture that I wanted, pictured above. How much more gratifying than buying someone else’s that a bunch of other people already use.
Somehow this image started popping up on my Pinterest feed a few weeks ago with no link or credit back to my instagram. Even though the broken link was frustrating, I still sort of lit up inside when I saw something that I made on people’s boards. It reminded me to keep doing my own thing, keep seeking inspiration outside of my MacBook screen, and to remember it’s not all about the traffic, the hits the insistence on getting all of those Pinners back to my blog. Sometimes, simply making something beautiful and sharing it with others is enough.